• May 4: SAC Co-Sponsoring Honoring the Ancestors Vigil and Rally

    On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, Fred Smith, co-chair of the Athens Area Black History Committee, and various community leaders will meet 5:30 pm at the UGA Arch to honor our ancestors whose remains were discovered at UGA Baldwin Hall. Organizers encourage local citizens to join them at the Arch and to bring positive signage and vernations. After guest speakers pay their respects, facilitators and local residents will walk peacefully to Baldwin Hall– site of Athens’ oldest known slave cemetery (1810 to 1858) for a libation ceremony and vigil. The libation ceremony was chosen to be held on this date to also bring awareness to Athens jubilee which occurred May 4, 1865.

    This vigil will include an African ritual heritage, the libation ceremony.  There will be community guest speakers. The organizers’ overall goal is to honor the lives of these individuals and their contribution to the Athens we all live in today. Many community leaders believe the bodies should have been buried with their free ancestors in one of Athens’ historic African-American cemeteries, not in Oconee Hills with their slave masters and their masters’ descendants.

    The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will stand with the Athens Area Black History Committee hosting a vigil and rally for the slaves still buried there and the slaves removed in 1938, 1943, and most recently 2016.  The Vigil and Rally will encourage respect, peace, unity, love and dialogue. Supporters and special guests include Alvin Sheats President of the local NAACP Chapter, Fred Smith co-chair of Athens Black History Bowl, Mansur Buffin UGA Student,  Linda Davis, Broderick Flannigan of Flannigan Studios and more.

    This ceremony is our community’s way of becoming a part of the act of finally putting these unfortunate souls to rest in a place without the weight of the chains of slavery on their backs.

    The UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC), part of the Justice Cluster, will be a co-sponsor of this event.

    You are invited to attend.

  • Care Notes: Irene Muthe & Gini Carter
    Irene Muthe passed away at home on Friday, April 21.  Irene and her husband John were married 45 years and had been members of UUFA since 2006.  Irene had been in declining health over the last eighteen months, following a fall. Irene was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. in 1959.  A “Celebration of Life” Memorial Service will be held at UUFA on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

    Gini Carter had another surgery this past week. Please keep her and her husband, John Zoranovich, in thoughts and prayers, and send notes and cards to their home. (690 Covered Bridge Road, Hoschton, GA, 30548).

  • Time and Talent Recognition

    Through the year our Forum Committee members – Karen Solheim, Helene Brittain, Bob Schneller, and David Jarrett – arrange twice monthly speakers to bring valuable ideas to the congregation, continuing UUFA’s long tradition of hearing outstanding speakers and asking cogent questions. On April 30 Vivian Preston Sellers, Lay Minister of the Lifespan Development Cluster, recognizes their volunteer commitment.

  • Next Up: Apr. 30 Town Hall! The Great Reveal of the Building Plan!

    Prior to the May 21 Congregational Meeting, there will be discussion opportunities at two Congregational Town Hall Meetings:

    This past Sunday, April 23, the Board and Finance Committee presented and discussed the budget for the next program year with members of the congregation.  For more information, contact President Lee Cornell or Treasurer Rich Rayburn.

    NEXT UP:  This Sunday, April 30 EOV Building Project Town Hall, 10:05-10:50 a.m in the Fellowship Hall.  The Great Reveal of the Building Expansion & Renovation Plan developed by the EOV Teams working with our architects.  Click here for more information. For questions or concerns, email building@uuathensga.org.

    SAVE THE DATE: May 21, 2017, Annual Congregational Meeting

    The 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting of the members of UUFA will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017, right after our single Sunday service. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. We will hear about programming, get the latest update on facility expansion, and vote on leaders and topics that will guide us into the coming year.

    In May, members will receive a mailing in preparation for the Congregational Meeting that will include: the May 21 agenda, proposed budget, election slate for 2017/18, and proposed wording of any special votes.

    In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, individuals must be “Active Members” of the Congregation: those who have signed the membership book, been members for at least four weeks, and have made a financial contribution of record during the previous 12 months. (See Article II, Section 2.1 of the UUFA Bylaws.) For minutes of past meetings, click here.

  • Mic Check! A/V Team Meets April 30

    The UUFA A-V Team’s next meeting will be after the 11 am service on April 30th.  The A-V Team, which operates and maintains all audio visual equipment at UUFA in support of worship services, forums, and other fellowship activities, is always looking for additional members. If you are interested join us at the meeting or contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com) or sign up on the sheet on the Spiritual Arts Cluster bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.

  • We Need Your Stuff NOW! Yard Sale is May 13

    The annual spring UUFA Yard Sale is on the calendar for Saturday, May 13 from 8am- 1pm. Come one, come all!

    But, the sale cannot happen without your gently-used, clean and ready to be re-homed items.

    We need a lot of good quality donations and many, many volunteers (since our yard sale guru, Sherri Tanner cannot do it all!)

    • to pick up donations and bring them to the UUFA storage unit in Watkinsville
    • to set up on Thursday and Friday, and Saturday morning
    • to break down Saturday afternoon


    and bring your stuff NOW to UUFA! To donate to this year’s sale, either

    • drop off your gently-used, clean and ready to be re-homed items at UUFA, either in the admin office or Fellowship Hall closet.


    • arrange for a pick-up by emailing events@uuathensga.org with your item/s size, your location and a good time for someone to come by.

    Make sure all items or bags of items are in bags marked “yard sale”!

  • Your Feedback Wanted: Program Review Survey

    The UUFA Committee on Shared Ministry serves to strengthen the quality and governance of the ministries of UUFA, including professional leadership, fellowship, spiritual arts, social justice, lifespan development, connections and stewardship. Part of the way we fulfill that mission is to systematically collect information from members and others who routinely support and engage in the activities of the UUFA.

    This year we are focusing on the ministries related to Fellowship. Please complete this brief (10 minute) survey found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N6GC9K6 by the end of April. The findings will be summarized and presented to the full congregation at UUFA’s annual meeting in May, and detailed information will be shared with the leadership to provide an additional source of information for planning and budgeting.

    Thank you for your time. ~ Sincerely, Barbara A. Boyt Schell (bschell@brenau.edu)  Jane K. Kobres (jane.kobres@gmail.com), Co-chairs, Committee on Shared Ministry

  • Sanctuary Movement Potluck and Discussion May 23

    Want to learn more about how Immigration became such a contentious issue in the United States? The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Group is sponsoring a potluck supper and book discussion on Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

    Book for discussion is Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire by Margaret Regan. The book is available for online ordering through Avid Bookshop and Beacon Press. Contact: Julie Vesper Sapp at jvsapp@yahoo.com.

  • May 7: Social Action Committee

    You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, May 7, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the front office.

    Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, send an email to UUFA_Social_Action_Committee-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to join the listserv. This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up!

    For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com).

  • Report from the Nominating Committee

    The Nominating Committee proposes the following nominees to be elected at the annual congregational meeting on May 22, 2017:

    Secretary (2-year term) – Aleta Turner
    At-Large member of the Board of Trustees (3-year term) – Barb Schell
    At-Large member of the Board of Trustees (3-year term) – VACANT
    Member of the Nominating Committee (2-year term) – Betsy Bean
    Member of the Nominating Committee (2-year term) – Helene Brittain

    If elected, those above will join the following whose service continues:

    Board of Trustees

    Linda Gilbert, President (2017-18) elected by the Board; at-large member (2015-2018)
    Rich Rayburn, Treasurer (2016-2018)
    Roger Bailey, at-large member (2015-2018)
    Liz Weaver, at-large member (2015-2018)
    Fabiana Hayden, at-large member (2016-2019)
    Rosemary Wood, at-large member (2016-2019)

    Nominating Committee

    Marco Messori (2016-2018)
    Helene Marotta (2016-2018)
    TBD (2017-2018), Board representative (appointed by the Board)

    According to the UUFA Bylaws: At least thirty-five (35) days before the annual meeting, the Nominating Committee shall post its list of nominees and publish it in the newsletter and by electronic mail. Up to twenty-one (21) days before the annual meeting, the Nominating Committee shall accept written petitions of fifteen (15) or more members to add any qualified member, designated as a nominee by petition, to the list. The Nominating Committee shall ensure that the final list of nominees, including those nominated by petition, is mailed (either traditionally or electronically) to each Voting Member of the Congregation with the notice of the annual meeting.

    If you would like to place the name of another individual in nomination for the five positions above, please submit your request in writing to Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org) by May 1.

    Questions?  Contact Nominating Committee Chair Karen Solheim (justice@uuathensga.org or 706.202.7515).

    –From the Nominating Committee: Karen Solheim, Chair; Dan Everett,Helene Marotta, Marco Messori, Robin Williams

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